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8 November 2021

Match Previews


8 November 2021

The Bantams will round off their 2021/22 Papa John’s Trophy campaign with a trip to the Stadium of Light to face Sky Bet League One side, Sunderland.

The clash will take place at 7.00pm on Tuesday, with the fate of both teams sealed before a ball is kicked. Sunderland will progress to the knockout stages, whilst the Bantams will exit the competition. 

It is the first time the two sides have clashed since Boxing Day 2018 - during the Black Cats' first season in Sky Bet League One.

We have created a Big Match Preview to give you all the key details you need to know, heading into the encounter.


City: Abo Eisa and Caolan Lavery both remain sidelined with their respective injuries, and Andy Cook is a doubt having missed the Emirates FA Cup draw with Exeter City with a hamstring problem.

Liam Ridehalgh is still doubtful, with the view for him to be fit for Saturday’s trip to Port Vale, should tomorrow come too early.

Sunderland: Arbenit Xhemajili could make a return from injury to face the Bantams, with Lee Johnson hopeful to have him available for their clash with Lincoln on Saturday.

Nathan Broadhead made his first start since September this weekend, completing 90 minutes after a cameo appearance during the week.


Supporters unable to make the trip to the Stadium of Light will be able to catch every minute of the game LIVE by purchasing an iFollow video match pass.

The pass - available for £10 - will ensure supporters do not miss a minute of the action, with build-up beginning from 6.00pm. 

To purchase an iFollow video match pass, please CLICK HERE

BBC Radio Leeds’ Jamie Raynor and Andy Kiwomya will provide live commentary on DAB across Bradford, and via the BBC Sounds app.


The Bantams’ last trip to the Stadium of Light ended in a 1-0 victory for the hosts, with Aiden McGeady the only goal-scorer during the Boxing Day clash.

It is a game that features in the record books as it was played out in front of a 46,039-strong crowd - a Sky Bet League One record, and an EFL season high.

While City fought admirably, the former Celtic and Everton winger sent the home crowd happy with a 31st-minute strike after Josh Maja’s effort was denied by Richard O’Donnell.

City had a goal ruled out as Jack Payne’s effort was adjudged not to have crossed the line, preventing an equaliser.

SUNDERLAND 1 (McGeady 31')


SUNDERLAND: Jon McLaughlin; Bryan Oviedo, Jack Baldwin, Tom Flanagan, Luke O’Nien; Max Power, Lee Cattermole, Lyndon Gooch (Charlie Wyke 84’), Aiden McGeady; Chris Maguire (Dylan McGeouch 87’), Josh Maja (Duncan Watmore 76’). SUBS (not used): Alim Ozturk, Reece James, Jerome Sinclair, Robbin Ruiter. 

CITY: Richard O’Donnell; Paul Caddis, Nathaniel Knight-Percival, Ryan Mcgowan, Adam Chicksen (Anthony O'Connor 88’); Jack Payne, Hope Akpan (Kai Brunker 85’), Lewis O’Brien, David Ball; Eoin Doyle (Lewis O’Brien 80’), George Miller. SUBS (not used): Ben Wilson, Connor Wood, Daniel Devine, Eliot Goldthorp. 


Simon Mather is the man in the middle for the clash in the North East, his first match in charge in the competition this season.

Mr Mather was the referee for City’s trip to Leyton Orient at the start of the season, with the Bantams losing out on that occasion.

Bradley Hall and Ollie Williams will join him running the lines, while Helen Conley will complete the set as fourth official.


City supporters can back their team for victory this Tuesday with Sky Bet.

Bantams fans can flutter on Derek Adams’ side to win the tie at 15/4.

Supporters can place their bets by CLICKING HERE.

PLEASE NOTE: All odds are subject to change. Please gamble responsibly. 


The Bantams will return to action in their all-blue third trip, while the hosts will wear their traditional red and white stripes.

Sunderland: Red and White / Black / Red

Bantams: Hyper Blue / Hyper Blue / Hyper Blue

To purchase an iFollow video match pass for the encounter, please CLICK HERE

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